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Freeloaders: Aaron Firetag's free birthday party

The week's best freebies, Jan. 9-15

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Isn't it cool when someone has a big birthday party and invites the entire Charleston community to come out? That's what someone's doing this Tuesday.

MONDAY. For January's Second Monday Lecture Series, the Charleston Center for Photography hosts Jack Kotz, who will talk about photographing trips to different countries.

TUESDAY. Local musician Aaron Firetag will celebrate his birthday with all of his friends, and plenty of strangers, at a bash at the Pour House, featuring music from Quasiphonics, Lost Highway, Folkgrass, Jordan Igoe and Friends, and Skwirl Grinda. Meanwhile, the Local Honeys play a show at the Tattooed Moose.

WEDNESDAY. The Alliance For Full Acceptance presents the talk Addressing Racism in the LGBT Community with Art Gilliard, while Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue will have Remembering the Civil Rights Movement from the Black and Jewish Perspective

THURSDAY. Designer Donna Degnan will have her Spring 2012 Trunk Show at Berlins starting today and continuing through Friday; she'll be available for consultations.

FRIDAY. Guilt Ridden Troubadour plays at Smoky Oak Taproom. Plus it's Friday the 13th, which is free entertainment in and of itself.

SATURDAY. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble performance of His Light Still Shines, a tribute concert for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is free to attend, but tickets are required. CofC students will get into their school's Battle of the Bands at the Music Farm for free, but the rest of us will have to pay if we want to see Bianca & Page, Tom Mackell, ‘Brother, Tyler Boone, and South Street.

SUNDAY. It's really too bad that America's Got Talent doesn't audition in Charleston (yet). But if you've got talent, take a shot at South of Broadway Theatre's Star Quest. Winners will get to perform at a February event. And today marks the first of Congaree National Park's Big Tree Hikes.

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